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California Climate Action Planning Conference



Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research will host the fourth California Climate Action Planning Conference (CCAPC) August 15 & 16, 2019 at the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus. The conference addresses the climate crisis by focusing on local and regional action, including—pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice. The conference will focus on in-depth issues in GHG emissions reduction and climate adaptation at the local and regional level. Panels will feature leaders in the field to bring the most up-to-date and advanced thinking.

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Additional information coming soon. Check back periodically for updates on speakers. Sessions & speakers subject to change.

Thursday, August 15

  • 8:00am-9:00 Check-in Opens / Coffee & Tea Social
  • 9:00-10:15 Opening Plenary – Speakers TBA
  • 10:30-12:00pm Plenary Session: Mayor’s Discussion of Leadership for Climate Action
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch (included)
  • 1:30-3:00 Session A: Electrify (Mostly) Everything - The Opportunities and Challenges Presented by the State’s

Decarbonization Strategy

Session B: Accelerating Adaptation: From Planning to Financing Implementation

  • 3:15-4:45 Session A: How to Talk about Climate Action

Session B: What’s the “Matter” with Carbon? Materials as Climate Solution

  • 4:45-6:30 Conference Reception at the Performing Arts Center
  • 6:00-9:00 Farmer’s Market in Downtown SLO (on your own – no conference dinner)

Friday, August 16

  • 8:30am-9:00am Check-in Opens / Coffee & Tea Social
  • 9:00-10:30 Session A: Institutionalizing Climate Action

Session B: Achieving Carbon Neutrality in a World of Rising VMT

  • 10:45 -12:15 Session A: Adapting to Wildfire: How to Plan for a Rapidly Shifting Landscape

Session B: What’s the Connection between SB 743 VMT and GHG thresholds?

  • 12:15-1:30 Lunch (included)
  • 1:30-3:00 Session A: GHG Reduction Through Sequestration, Land Conservation and Offsets

Session B: TBA

  • 3:15-4:00 Closing Plenary: What Will it Take to be Carbon Neutral by 2035?


Since the conference is at the Cal Poly campus and not a hotel-affiliated facility, there is no formal hotel registration program. The following hotels have made informal offers of discounts if you mention the conference but we cannot guarantee they will be honored.

  • Quality Suites offered a $175+tax/night rate.
  • San Luis Creek Lodge offered 10% off of their $179+tax/night rate.

In addition, if you want to re-live your college dorm experience, Cal Poly is offering on-campus housing options for the conference at a very affordable rate. Previous attendees have reported being very satisfied with this choice (and bring your bike for getting around on campus if you want the full college experience!)



Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research


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San Luis Obispo, CA, United States